Anonymous said: Rooms on fire video, she says is a "what if" thing for her, is she talking about "what if" with a particular person in mind? And she wanted to cry after her commentary...
Well, the whole ‘rooms on fire’ concept? She’s talked about it in reference to Rupert Hine and Lindsey, though the ‘falling in love with at first sight’, she’s also talked about in reference to Joe Walsh. Personally, yeah, I think there was a particular person in mind. But the scenario and all the happy ending with husband and baby sort of got to her.
Some quotes on the song:
I mean it does get to the point where someone finally says to you ‘I really love you and I would love to spend the rest of my life with you and I would love to have ~ you know ~ two or three children with you and I would love for you to be the mother of my children and I would love for all these things to happen but the fact is Stevie, it will never happen because you are always going to be on call to your work.’ Until that specific man walks into your life like in Rooms on Fire ~ that you are willing to give up at least 50 percent of what you do.
The night I met Rupert Hine was a dangerous one. He was different from anyone else I had ever known…He was older, and he was smarter, and we both knew it. I hired him to do the album before we even started talking about music. It seemed that we had made a spiritual agreement to do a magic album… It always seemed to me that whenever Rupert walked into one of these old, dark castle rooms, that the rooms were on fire. There was a connection between us that everyone around us instantly picked up on, and everyone was very careful to respect our space.
Rooms on Fire is about me. Rooms on Fire is about ~ um ~ a girl who is a rock’n’roll star who has pretty much accepted the fact that she will never ever be able to be married or have those children that she wanted or the husband that she wanted or that deep, deep love that she wanted and she’s accepted it. And then one night at one of those everlasting parties that we all have to go to that we really don’t want to go to, and we go make an appearance and leave as quickly as possible ~ um ~ a man comes into the room and there is a certain sort of a ~ see I don’t see very well so I have a sixth sense that there is an eye contact thing that even though I can’t see him very well I feel something and I close my eyes for a second and he walks over to me and I look up and he’s there. And he asks me to dance, and we end up getting married and I end up having a little baby girl and we live together for twenty ~ twenty-five years and the sad thing is that I waited for him all my life and then he dies before me and I wait for him for the rest of my life and he comes back after I am very, very old and gets me. And takes me with him back to where ever he comes from.
I guess the single [Rooms on Fire] is about when you’re in a crowded room and you see a kind of person and your heart goes, ‘Wow!’ The whole world seems to be ablaze at that particular moment.
And she said this below quote, NOT when promoting the song…
You know, I’m very loyal and I certainly was Lindsey’s biggest fan and I thought he was the greatest guitar player in the world and had the most beautiful voice. He’s one of those people that I walked into the room once and he sat there and played a song and it was room’s on fire. He’s one of those. He’s one of those men. And whatever I had to do to keep him going was okay because it was more important to me that Lindsey make it than it was that I made it.
And the relevant parts from the commentary:
This song really was the dream fantasy that every girl has that you will meet someone, you will fall in love with them, you will marry them, and you will have a long and beautiful relationship. And you will have maybe a daughter or maybe a son. Maybe both. And that your life will be full of love.
This is probably like the most up and positive love song I’ve ever written. Because it really was me actually almost getting ready to go the other way which means that if I could’ve had this relationship, I might’ve taken it.
So this song was really about falling in love with somebody almost at first sight. And look, this baby. This is my goddaughter; she’s all grown up now. Jewel. Ohh, she was soo beautiful. And she was great in the video. Give me back my baby.
…this idea of everlasting love and, you know, every time this man walks in the room, the rooms are on fire because because you’re just so thrilled to see him. And that’s how we all want to feel. ‘Long nets of white cloud, my memory’ really is about somebody else being there that can remember and that can uncloud your memory. And looking at somebody with that look and that love and that total giving of your soul over to somebody, which has happened in my life a few times but always been messed up by something.
So to make this video I was really trying to make something which was my dream. Because of course, you know, of course I would always, I would’ve loved to have been able to have a long and beautiful relationship. So this was like ‘what if’. This was the ‘what if’ video. And I love this part. I love that Brad’s taking my hand and I’m an old lady and he’s taking me out into the sun and when we walk through these doors, we’re not old anymore. And we’re young. And I think that’s really beautiful. I love that. I’m gonna cry.